Have you ever watched a country be transformed into a dictatorship? It is an obscure notion, something that we see mentioned on the news, in terrible action films or on late night documentaries. It is not something that happens to us. It was not something that happened to me. Until now.
Poland needs our help. It is a country in great distress. Since coming to power the Polish Government has manufactured a pseudo-soviet state. They have turned the national television station into a propaganda channel worthy of Borat. They have neutered the Constitutional Court. Now they are about to pass into law an act that will fire all of the Supreme Court judges and subjugate them to political will. It is an action that will open the door to emergency laws, show trials, and the legal system becoming a tool in a war against modernity. It is clearer than ever that the plan of the man behind the party in power is to build the first Catholic Fundamentalist State in the heart of Europe.
If this law is signed in Poland, there will be no institution left that will be able to challenge the legality of the government’s actions. The government would have a free hand to do whatever they wanted, outside of the rule of law. Poland would become a democratically elected dictatorship in which the government would be free to change electoral law to ensure Poland becomes a one party state. Free to imprison journalists and members of the opposition on any charges. Free to prevent social manifestations and demonstrations. Freedom would be replaced by the politics of fear and hate and democracy will be lost, possibly for our lifetimes.
So what can we do? Make noise. Add your voice. There are protests taking place all across Europe to show solidarity with the nation that invented solidarity. Join them. It is essentially going for a walk and a swear with people that need to swear quite a lot. Write to your MP’s. To Ambassadors. Governments. The EU. Anybody that could possibly help. And most of all if you work with a Pole, or live with a Pole, are friends with a Pole, and especially if you are in love with a Pole, listen to them, hug them, and march side by side with them and make as much fucking noise as you can!!!